Of Cooling

Living in South Georgia, the air conditioner gets turned on in April and doesn’t get turned off until October. It also runs all day long and while we do keep it high during the day time (75 degrees), we turn it down to 71 at night, for sleeping. (I’d rather sweat in the day time than try to sleep when I am hot.)

Our first full month electric bill last summer almost killed me. It was, if I remember correctly, over $350. I understand this is not unusual down hear and have heard stories of $500 electric bills. (What!?!)  However, I am not one to sit back and pay that kind of money each month, without working to make my house more energy efficient. Last summer we had new windows put in and this past spring we added more insulation.

Let me tell you they both made a big difference. Our electric bill this month was $226. That makes me so happy.

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  1. It feels so good when you make positive changes like that and can actually see the result!!

    • Anne, it does! When we bought the windows, the salesman and the installer both said I’d see at least a 25% reduction in my electric bill, if not more. I didn’t really believe it at the time, but I am glad they were right.

  2. Wow! We have to run ours as long as you do here in Albuquerque. Our bill has been crazy this summer so we are living with a 75-80 degree house, hanging laundry and unplugging anything we are not using. We have taken our daily use from $13 down to $8-$9 a day. That’s much better but it gets old being hot!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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